Case Studies in Environmental Problem Solving

Instructor Name: 
Marion Dresner
Course Description: 

This class will involve students in monitoring the ecological impacts of backyard habitats that are near Portland parks. Students will work in teams in particular targeted neighborhoods. They will monitor some of the following: native and non-native plants, birds, and insects. They will learn about the ecology behind backyard restoration, the procedure for establishing backyard habitats, and assist as residents implement new habitats. They will develop presentations about benefits of restoration and promote the results of this work at neighborhood association meetings, at tables in Farmer’s markets and other venues to disseminate the information about the value of these habitats.